Sofapaka, Thika climb table

By nesta kizito
Mar 23, 2014
  • Thika United players celebrate after scoring a goal in their match on Sunday.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Sofapaka made light work of debutants KRA with a resounding 3-0 win on Sunday the Nyayo National Stadium to move to fifth place on the Kenyan Premier League table with 10 points.

In an earlier match at the same venue, ten-man Sony Sugar held on for a 1-1 draw with Nairobi City Stars while at Ruaraka grounds, Thika United hit KCB 2-1 to go fourth on the table with 11 points.

Humphrey Mieno was Sofapaka’s standout player capping a fine performance with a stoppage time goal for Batoto ba Mungu.

Clifton Miheso gave Sofapaka the lead in the second minute from a rebound after KRA goalkeeper Philip Odhiambo failed to hold on to Enoch Agwanda’s initial effort.

Sofapaka generally dominated play but were made to wait until just after the hour mark when Agwanda doubled the lead from the penalty spot after veteran striker John Baraza was brought down in the box by Edwin Misiko.

The final nail in the taxmen’s coffin was hammered by Mieno from a neat lay off by Elli Asieche. “The team played very well today, but there are some aspects that we need to improve on, especially possession and defending.

We also need to be cautious because we have already lost on two occasions” Sofapaka coach Sam Timbe said.

Villain to hero

At Thika’s ‘makeshift home ground’ in Ruaraka, skipper Dennis turned from villain to hero scoring a late penalty having conceded an own goal earlier on.

Michael Olunga opened the scoring for Thika in the 54th minute before Odhiambo stole the show with his double act on the opposite ends of the pitch.

In the first match at Nyayo Stadium, Edwin Oduor gave Sony the lead with a 27th minute penalty after John Amboko brought down Samuel Onyango in the box.

City Stars dug deep to salvage a point courtesy of Lawrence Kobadha’s header from point blank range in the 73rd minute.

But the Kawangware side failed to capitalize on their numerical advantage after Charles Odette was sent to an early shower for a second bookable offence.

In Machakos, Mathare United’s poor run continued when they lost to Muhoroni Youth by a solitary goal.

The all-important goal was scored by Ezekiel Otuoma in the fifth minute. At Mumias Sports Complex, Bandari staged a late rally coming back from two goals down to settle for a 2-2 draw with Western Stima.

Former African Lyon player Justus Anene grabbed a second half brace to keep Bandari afloat after Stima had taken a two-goal lead in the first period through David Okello and Fredrick Shimoyo.